Scozzafava’s departure from the NY-23 congressional race should come as welcome news to Republicans and conservatives alike. The great concern was that a Republican and a Conservative candidate would split the Republican vote and allow for a Democratic victory. Although Hoffman’s views were arguably more Republican than Scozzafava, the Republican nominee, the Republican R label attached to Scozzafava would draw heavily from three types of Republicans: Republican only voters, liberals, and the uninformed. Now, even though her name will remain on the ballot, she should only attract a scant number of votes.
Today Dierdre Scozzafava once again showed her true colors. Rather than endorse the Conservative, Republican-leaning, Doug Hoffman, she instead encourages her followers to vote for the Democrat, Bill Owens. Although she remains true to her liberal principles, clearly these are not the values of Republicans or conservatives. To a vast number of Republicans, there is no greater betrayal than for one of their own to unite with the Democrats. Now that Scozzafava is out of the race, I’m guessing that most upstate New York Republicans are breathing a sigh of relief. I just hope they learned something from this experience and insist on nominating true conservatives, not RINOs.